Elizabeth A. CASSELMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Clowes Fund board hired Beth in 2000 as its first staff executive. Beth had served as the founding executive director of the Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC) and had led a national education foundation before joining the Fund. She was the primary fundraiser in both prior foundation roles; the experience of running a public charity dependent upon grants and contributions enhanced her perspective as a funder.
Beth received a Bachelor of Science from Butler University. Active listening, fact-finding and communications skills learned as a journalism major and honed as a public relations professional have served her well as a foundation executive. She also earned certificates from the Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University and the Fundraising School of Indiana University.
Beth serves on the National Center for Family Philanthropy Friends of the Family advisory committee and the Zionsville Architectural Review Committee, which awards grants for façade renovations. Previously she served as chair of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) board, United Way of Central Indiana’s Boone County advisory board, and on executive search committees for several nonprofits. Beth has contributed to a variety of philanthropic conferences and publications. Professionally, she was most honored in 2012 to receive IPA’s Susie Hazelett Award for Leadership in Grantmaking in recognition of her integrity and mentoring of other professionals.
Outside the office you are likely to find Beth in a rocking chair with a good book and a cat on her lap, celebrating life with family and friends, or walking the trails near home or in a national park with her husband and their dog. Personally, she is most honored to be mom of two terrific grown sons and a daughter-in-law.
MEGAN Briggs REILLY, NEW ENGLAND PROGRAM OFFICER
Megan is new to the Fund, but she has a well established network across New England from Boston to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to Downeast Maine.
Megan is an accomplished grantmaker with a deep appreciation for the nonprofit sector and for supporting effective leaders that are making a difference in our world. She earned a Masters of Business Administration at Brandeis University, Heller School of Social Policy and Management after a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Boston University. Megan is a graduate of the LeadBoston leadership development program who honed her skills through 15 years of experience at The Boston Foundation and then at Hemenway & Barnes.
Megan’s quiet, professional demeanor dissolves when she’s having fun with her husband and their two daughters. When not visiting nonprofits or reviewing proposals, you will find her at the neighborhood playground, enjoying an evening out with friends or exploring the sites of New England.
ERIN TRISLER, PROGRAM MANAGER
Erin joined The Clowes Fund staff in September 2014. She is multi-talented and multi-tasked. She oversees quality and compliance with Fund policies and procedures; she serves as controller, webmaster and as a program officer for a select portfolio of grants in Indianapolis.
Erin is a life-long Hoosier and 1997 graduate of Indiana University (IU) School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She bolsters the foundation with fresh perspective and valuable insight developed through countless grant submissions throughout 15 years of fundraising experience at the IU Foundation and then the historic Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.
When not herding cats at the office, you might find Erin curled up with a good book, walking her daily 10,000 steps, playing or coaching volleyball, chauffeuring the Trisler family shuttle, serving her church community or as scribe on her neighborhood association board – always with a can-do, let’s-have-fun attitude and an effervescent smile.
ESTHERRE WOHLENHAUS, PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Estherre joined The Clowes Fund in August 2014. Estherre supports the grantmaking process through a variety of administrative and knowledge management duties as well as some program officer responsibilities. She also provides a warm welcome to callers and guests at the Fund’s Indianapolis office.
Before starting college, Estherre spent a year in China teaching English. She then worked retail while earning a Bachelors degree from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The customer service skills honed while working retail serves the Fund’s constituents -- from staff colleagues to grantees -- well. As a Masters student at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, she is simultaneously pursuing a career and studying the field of philanthropy.
When Estherre is not in the office or a classroom, you might find this accomplished equestrienne immersed in outdoor activities, volunteering with a refugee resettlement group, engaging in some sort of adventure ranging from a symphony concert to boxing classes, or simply spending time with friends and family (she claims title as stand up paddle board champ at the annual Wohlenhaus family reunion).